Parents' Guide to

Halo: Combat Evolved

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

This sci-fi shooter with loads of violent killing of aliens.

Game Windows 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 14+

Great game, scary for younger children

Halo is a classic, It was great when it came out over 20 years ago and holds up just as well today. I've beaten it multiple times and it never gets old, It's not very inappropriate, minimal blood and gore, mild swearing, but plenty of stuff that terrified 11 year old me, I'd recommend the game to anyone 14 and up
age 8+

Not as bad as its cracked up to be

People think that there is a lot of swearing and blood. There is minor blood that is hard to see and isnt even red. The game isnt very violent as far as fps games go. There is nothing like flying limbs when bombs go off or people slitting necks. The reason I rank this game 4 stars is because it goes from the ring planet a ship back and forth more than it should. The atmosphere on the halo is sort of... calming... the opposite of the atmosphere on CoD. Anyways thats my review!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30):
Kids say (127):

As first-person-shooter games go, HALO was inventive for its time, and even now, it's a graphically appealing game. The game has an interesting and mysterious story, and allows the player to pilot and drive cool vehicles, and be immersed in a massive battle around a foreign planet. But the game has the same pitfall as many other first-person-shooter games: Ninety-five percent of the game is simply shooting things that get in your way.

The game tells a very dark tale, and most of the game consists of one continuous battle with plenty of blood, screams of agony and explosions. HALO is a first-person, shoot-everything-that-moves type of game. The action is infectious, and the story, while somewhat typical, is well-written and interesting. Plenty of bloodshed and a storyline that will most definitely scare younger players relegates this game to the 16+ crowd of gamers.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: May 30, 2003
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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